This paper explores the concept of combining socialism with ideas of Islam. It also gives several examples of the use of a socialistic model in the Islamic world. The writer discusses the governments of Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya and Algeria.
# 25340 | 2,200 words | 11 sources | MLA | 1999 |
Published on Apr 26, 2003 in History (Middle Eastern) , Political Science (Non-U.S.) , Political Science (Political Theory)
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This paper attempts to illuminate the origins of Islamic political thought and also to introduce similarities between Islamic and Western ideas. The writer argues that Islamic political thought (especially the socialist movement) is not a dangerous and violent opposition to Western democracy. The paper works to discredit some stereotypes not only about the Islamic world but also about the idea of Socialism in general.
From the Paper:"There are many aspects of Western civilization that were not accepted by the Islamic world. First, the social principles and the life of the West were totally different from the Muslim culture. Practical and technical knowledge, full markets with material goods were "incapable of offering to men's minds a flicker of light, a ray of hope, a grain of faith, or of providing anxious persons the smallest path toward rest and tranquillity" (Al-Banna 119). After more than a hundred years of European rule, many Muslims got tired of Western materialistic culture and wanted some spiritual satisfaction that they had before the Western Intervention (Al Banna 118-119)."
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